It was Good Friday. My family and I were supposed to do church hopping when mom saw this unique church seated in Bocaue, Bulacan, just an hour away from our home.
If you were once an architecture student, you will know the feeling of being attached or easily attracted to churches. We have been studying tons of various of churches of different eras, but never I have encountered this church of St. Andrew Kim. (Should I be ashamed of myself now?)
The day mom found this church through internet was the same day we visited, because why not. We were so excited to witness its beauty!
To get there via private vehicle, you just have to take NLEX and exit at Bocaue. From the toll gate, turn right and follow the map given at the end of this post (best to utilize google maps or waze before leaving) until you find a church under construction, the Simbahan ng Sto. Cristo at San Andres Kim Taegon. You may want to visit and pray inside to pay respect too.
Otherwise, you may go straight ahead until you see the Korean arch which is the entrance to the shrine. You will be greeted by the friendly yet shy Korean nuns.
A pavilion situated near Santa Maria River.
With this kind of view, it is absolutely a perfect place to meditate.
Some structures are still under construction like this pavilion with underground worship area which unfortunately we were not able to take a glimpse at.
The architecture of this complex will quite help you teleport to South Korea, I may tell.
We wandered around the place by ourselves, so I am not really sure about the names of each buildings. Thus, relying on my researches through internet and other blog posts.
I was amazed with the crucifix. Simple. No image of Christ suffering on the cross. This is the kind of crucifix I would love to see in every church.
According to my research, this is the pyramid meditation area. It was locked when we get there, so again we were not able to see the inside. But it was relaxing already just merely looking at the exterior details.
You will also find this seven storey pagoda which symbolizes the Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. Apparently, it was under repair.
On the left picture, you will find a small signage saying “Magdasal dito; Pray here” referring to the chapel wherein it was so solemn I got shy to take a photo inside; while on the right picture is the altar of the adoration chapel.
What attracted me next to the architecture was the landscaping. I loved how they designed the handrails which doubled as benches. The bamboo arches made it look more adorable too. This definitely boosted a refreshing vibe to the place.
As you leave the premises, don’t forget to check out on the crafts the Korean nuns made. It won’t hurt if you donate as a help for the livelihood of the nuns and priests, and also for the beautification of the complex. Luckily, we were able to take away a cute basket of easter chicks.
Time to leave, but bunch of people especially families are still coming in — learning, bonding, and praying together with loved ones. A tradition we Filipinos can be truly proud of.
A new fave church and tourist spot you and I may put onto the bucket list:
Shrine of St. Andrew Kim Taegon
Located at Brgy. Lolomboy, Bocaue, Bulacan